Photographer: Kiran Ridley
Title: Hong Kong Pro Democracy Movement
Location: Hong Kong
Period: 06/2019 - 12/2019
Category: Spot News

“Fight for freedom! Stand with Hong Kong!” – these words crystallize the powerful and bewildering call, echoed by hundreds of thousands of people, pounding the pavement in Hong Kong defiantly, since the first reading of the Hong Kong proposed extradition bill in April 2019 which would allow Hong Kong citizens to be extradited to mainland China. It triggered an unprecedented wave of reaction both domestically and abroad with many fearing the erosion of Hong Kong's legal system, democratic freedoms and built-in safeguards as promised in the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

On June 9th 2019, an estimated one million people marched to the government headquarters to in protest against the proposed bill followed one week later by an even bigger of protest of over 2 million people, nearly a third of the territories population, taking to the streets to protest against the Bill. Since that day, Hong Kong has been plunged into a political crisis, with waves of demonstrations and violent clashes between Police and protestors. What started as a protest against the proposed government extradition, morphed into a wider call for democratic rights and freedom recovery in the semi-autonomous city.

Protestors called for five demands to be met - the withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill, an independent inquiry into police brutality, the retraction of the word 'riot' to describe protests and an amnesty against prosecution for all those arrested, Carrie Lam's resignation and genuine universal suffrage.



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HONG KONG PROTESTS HONG KONG - OCTOBER 4 2019 A Pro-democracy protestor holds her hand in the air to represent protestors five demands as people gather in Central Hong Kong to demonstrate against the introduction of the governments ant-mask law Hong Kong remained on the edge with the anti-government movement entering its fourth month as protesters continued their call for Chief Executive Carrie Lam to meet their remaining demands after the controversial extradition bill was withdrawn

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HONG KONG PROTESTS HONG KONG - AUGUST 18 Protestors march in the pouring rain in an anti-government demonstration which saw 1 7 million people march in opposition to a planned extradition law that has since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city Since 9 June the city has been plunged into crisis with waves of demonstrations and several violent clashes between Police and protestors as Hong Kong s Chief Executive Carrie Lam refused to meet protestors demands

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HONG KONG PROTESTS HONG KONG - JUNE 16 2019 Protestors lay white flowers the Cantonese symbol of death as part of a protest against police brutality Violence between police and protestors had escalated since the start of the protest movement against the government s proposed bill enabling citizens to be extradited to China

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HONG KONG PROTESTS HONG KONG - AUGUST 22 2019 A pro-democracy protestor wearing an eye patch - a symbol to represent police brutality - takes a break from a demonstrations amidst rising tensions in Hong Kong towards the government the police and the Chief Executive Carrie Lam Since 9 June the city had been plunged into a political crisis with waves of demonstrations and violent clashes between Police and protestors who were calling for 5 demands which include an independent enquiry into police brutality and resumption of democratic freedoms promised in the Sino-British Joint Declaration

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HONG KONG PROTESTS HONG KONG - OCTOBER 1 2019 A pro-democracy protestor walks amidst clouds of tear gas during anti-government demonstrations on Hong Kong Island to mark the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People s Republic of China Aiming to take the spotlight away from Beijing s carefully orchestrated celebrations protests erupted throughout territory seeing violent clashes between police and demonstrators

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HONG KONG PROTESTS HONG KONG - OCTOBER 1 2019 Pro-democracy protesters throw a tear gas round back towards police lines during anti-government demonstrations on Hong Kong Island to mark the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People s Republic of China Aiming to take the spotlight away from Beijing s carefully orchestrated celebrations protests erupted throughout territory seeing violent clashes between police and demonstrators

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HONG KONG PROTESTS HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 29 2019 A pro-democracy protestor throws a molotov cocktail towards police setting fire to other protestors during anti-government demonstrations as Hong Kong braces itself for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People s Republic of China in two days time

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HONG KONG PROTESTS HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 29 2019 Police arrest Pro-democracy protestors during a march amidst rising tensions as Hong Kong braces itself for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People s Republic of China The city has been plunged into crisis with waves of demonstrations and violent clashes between Police and pro-democracy protestors leading to a growing suspicion of the Police from the community and growing calls for an independent enquiry into police brutality

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HONG KONG PROTESTS HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 29 2019 Police push protesters back and shine flashlights in their faces during anti-government demonstrations as Hong Kongers continue to show their anger against the government a proposed extradition bill to mainland China police brutality and the Chief Executive Carrie Lam Amidst rising tensions Hong Kong braces itself for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People s Republic of China on October 1st with a series of demonstrations planned with the aim to take the spotlight away from Beijing s carefully orchestrated celebrations

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HONG KONG PROTESTS HONG KONG - AUGUST 23 2019 Pro-democracy protestors stand on top of Lion Rock in Kowloon In a show of unity and protest against the Hong Kong Government thousands of protestors hold hands and light their phones across Hong Kong replicating the famous pro-democracy Baltic Way protest across Latvia Estonia and Lithuania in 1989